Steam’s Nextfest has become the go-to space for trying out the latest upcoming games. This year’s event had so many demos, it’d be near impossible to play them all. So I’ve come up with a list of seven games that had me hyped during this year’s event. Definitely consider wishlisting these ones, as there’s some fantastic titles here.
Cult of the Lamb
Coming from kinda-indie publisher Devolver Digital, we have Cult of the Lamb. This management / dungeon crawling hybrid sees you running a cult in the name of a dark entity. Travel through the depths of various realms recruiting followers and gaining the strength needed to take on the gods of a rival cult. Sporting an adorable art style and distinct gameplay loop, Cult of the Lamb is sure to impress when it hits platforms on August 11th.
Metal Fans and Doom Dads, this one’s for you. Metal: Hellsinger is a fast -paced FPS all about shooting demons to the beat of metal music. I played this one during Nextfest this year and was blown away by how good this one felt to play. Hearing operatic metal tracks build up as your combo multiplayer increases while you slice and dice your way through hell is a past-time I didn’t know I needed. Metal: Hellsinger is available September 15th.
If you ever played FEAR and wanted more weird but also badass gunfights in destructible environments, consider wishlisting Trepang2. Or is it Trepang (squared)? This FPS is all about mowing down legions of enemies while looking and feeling totally badass in the process. Featuring a wide range of mobility options, weapon choices, and supernatural powers to use, Trepang is bound to be a hit with FPS fans so be sure to keep an eye out for its release some time in 2022.
Anger Foot takes the premise of Hotline Miami and flips it on its, uh, feet. Run from room to room in this stylistic FPS as you shoot and shove your way through doors and delinquents. Featuring a thumping soundtrack full of more bass than an 808 riddled rap song, and color palettes bound to make your retinas melt, Anger Foot is sure to get you feeling some type of way. Be sure to check it out when it releases in 2023.
Listen up DOOM fans, you’re gonna want to check this one out. Selaco is a frantic FPS built in GZDoom, and it’s absolutely mind-blowing in action. The sprite work had me losing it during our Nextfest livestreams over on Twitch, and the fantastic sound design took the game to the next level. It’s gritty, it’s gory, it’s everything your parents didn’t let you play growing up. Definitely looking forward to clawing my way through this one when it releases some time in 2255.
Fashion Police Squad
Fashion Police Squad is the most flamboyant FPS I’ve played in years, and it is glorious! This game’s all about clearing levels full of fashion crime convicts trying to take you down. Whether it’s bringing color to the life of businessmen, or fining a dudebro for wearing too much neon, Fashion Police Squad has quite a creative roster of characters. To top things off, the game features some pretty humorous writing that’s sure to get a laugh or two out of you. Fashion Police Squad launches some time in 2022.
Slayers X: Terminal Aftermath: Vengeance of the Slayer
Slayers X: Terminal Aftermath: Vengeance of the Slayer (or Slayers X for short) is a passion project nearly 25 years in the making. This FPS was initially started way back in the medieval times of 1998 as a project between two friends. Now that they’re “37 and have life experience now”, they’re back to working on this love letter to all things that made the late 90’s and early 2000’s so “aesthetic”. Grab your Got2B and your wrap around sunglasses in preparation for the edgiest game of the last century. Slayers X releases soon.
And there you have it! Those are the seven most exciting games I played during Nextfest 2022. It was definitely odd to me that most of these games were FPS, as it’s not a genre I normally play. But I’d argue each of these games differs enough from the other that I’d confidently stand by my choices all the same. It would have been nice to see some more attention grabbing platformers though…
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this year’s event down in the comments below, or via social media at aarcadee. I’d love to get some more recommendations for games as well, so if there are any that I missed, feel free to let me know.
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